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Most just dismiss as pretentious, but those that do probably just want T&A slasher style only, no substance. This
film has substance and more.
One of the best attempts at the giallo genre since the 70s.
The first (and in my opinon, best) segment is seen through the eyes of the child (maybe six years old?) Ana observing the adults of her world dealing with the death of their elderly patriarch. The mood is gothic and fairy-tale like, with unnaturally saturated colors and dream-like juxtapositions.
The second segment follows the now teenage protagonist on a trip into town with her mother to perform errands. The style of shooting (and sound design) turn this mundane task into a sensual awakening, and a growing awareness of the power of Ana's sexual allure. The atmosphere is distinctly different from the first segment, set in summer at a sea-side town in France (I'm assuming). A lot of reviewers found this transition too jarring to recover from, but again, look at this as three movies and it won't bother you.
The third segment is a return to the gothic house of the first segment, now run down and abandoned. The protagonist is now mature, in her 30's, and appears to be trying to reconcile her feelings about the place. This is the most classically "giallo" of all the sections, as she is apparently stalked by a black-gloved killer with a straight razor.
There is little dialog in the first segment, and virutally none of any significance in the second and third. A narrative is present, is not all that cryptic if you pay attention, but really is a background element to the atmosphere. And what an atmosphere Amer creates!Read more ›
For the uninitiated, Argento films have certain trademarks: murder, pedestrian police work, clunky dialogue, all wrapped up in a delightful mix of High Art and Ham. The sets are sophisticated and stylish, the women gorgeous, in peril and as mad as march hares. The men just as barking, but the experience of Argento features is quite different to that ‘Amer’ evokes.
With a definitive three act structure following the sensual life of a girl, adolescent, and then woman, Amer has little or no dialogue, which makes this film hard work, albeit fascinating. What the directors have done here is take all of the stylings of Argento – but missed the elements that give Dario’s work heart and charm – the sense of unapologetic amateurism in delivery – especially of the acting and plot, if not in the camerawork. ‘Amer’ by contrast is far too self-conscious to evoke the same kin d of response in an audience. The first act of the film is by far the best and most effecting with the child Ana ‘interacting’ with the corpse of a dead father whose spirit is trapped in a silver locket, whilst escaping the menace of a black lace veiled woman. The sound effects are brilliant as is the performance of the young Ana, played by Charlotte Eugene Guibeaud, and this delivers a fairy tale quality that makes it stand out from the following two acts that re although visually stunning – induce impatience and bewilderment.Read more ›
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The opening act was a pretty awesome throwback to old school horror, but afterwards the film became pointless and boring. Read morePublished on August 8, 2014 by Joe Finsternis
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Oh, come on! How pretentious does an 'art film' have to be before someone says "Great photography, great editing, great use of color, but as a movie it sucks!" (There, I said it! Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Dirk Reed
I'm an avid collector of giallos and was looking forward to this movie with great anticipation. It seemed like those who reviewed it from film festival screenings were hailing it... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Explorator
The last 20 minutes of this film were outstanding! The sequence of colorful events that play out in the last portion of this film were captivating, and will forever stay with me as... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Caharin6